It seems that Spring has finally arrived here in Indiana! After a relentless “bi-polar vortex” Winter, the sound of birds singing and green sprouts pushing upward bring an even greater appreciation of warm weather than usual.
(photo by Heidi Jasper)
I think Isaiah was prophesying for Hoosiers when he wrote: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Sometimes a celebration of beauty is a struggle. It can be difficult to find and appreciate beauty around when you feel like you are sinking in despair and depression. This is when you need to seek out beauty the most! Do something for yourself: Go for a walk, go for a drive, go for a coffee – just go! Now find one small thing that turns up the corners of your mouth. For me, it was the buds on my lilac bush that, no matter how my husband tries to bring about its demise, still holds on and buds out every year. No flowers yet, mind you, but at least bits of green and eventually glossy leaves appear.
Day to day life will have its ups and its downs; there is no denying that fact. Some days will be mountaintops, and some days will be deep valleys, and some days will be deserts. But most days will be somewhere in meadows, or rolling hills, or calm forests. Claim these middle-ground days for when you are struggling through the valley or desert.
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.